Behind the Scenes at CHAPTERS 2010. Directed and produced by Kathleen Sweeney, Video-Text


I finished the last sentence of my poem and braced myself for the wave of cheers and applause.” — Erica Marte, mentee

The lights dim. The audience hushes. A girl begins to read. The Girls Write Now CHAPTERS reading series is when the training wheels come off and our mentees get a chance to shout their proud new voices out loud — many for the first time.

At each CHAPTERS reading, held at major Manhattan cultural institutions, mentees take the stage with their mentors to showcase their own writing in front of a supportive audience of several hundred people. They are joined by well-known guest authors — prominent women writers with recently published work – who read from their writing and share insights on their craft.

CHAPTERS might be the first time mentees have presented their writing in public, so we prepare throughout the year with public speaking rehearsals, performance tips and techniques, individual coaching, and pre-reading warm-ups.

Want to join us? CHAPTERS is currently held every spring, with one reading monthly from March through June open to the public. Or, you can watch (and share) performances from each CHAPTERS reading series right here.

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